One small ant-heap, hidden by small weeds, it's Monday Mail.
Today's opening is from this poem by Charlotte Perkins Gilman:
A million million worlds that move in peace;
Never miss a local story.
A million mighty laws that never cease;
And one small ant-heap, hidden by small weeds,
Rich with eggs, slaves and store of millet-seeds.
They sleep beneath the sod
And trust in God.
This refers to last week's Monday Mail, in which a company offered to send me a free sack of diatomaceous earth to use on ants:
What your correspondents on dirt failed to mention is that once the dirt is wet, it's no good. Also it's very expensive.
By the way, some people make shakes out of the dirt and drink it to purify the system.
I learned rain washes the stuff away when long ago I lay a defensive line against carpenter ants at the wall of a storage shed.
I heard there's a food grade that can be fed to livestock to clear the gut, but hadn't thought of consuming it myself.
It's bad for the exoskeleton, you know.
Speaking of white stuff that dissolves in water, here's a Biblical allusion to be taken with a pillar of salt. It's from Joe Price:
I thought you could maybe use a smile!
Poor ole Hilary Rodham!
Her ego's as big as her bottom.
If she fails her ambition
We'll give her a mission
As the Embassy head in SODOM!
Sometimes poetry is like Sodom: Once it's done, you don't look back.
Today's closer is this email about sleeping in another wife's bed:
From Easter to summer and bank holidays, women plan, decide and book
vacations 65 percent of the time. So to shorten their neverending "to do" list, we found 2015's best travel concept: NightSwapping
No sir, we are not talking about wife-exchange; it's called Night-Swapping!
Swap nights and stay for free at another member's place; now isn't that convenient? Sixty thousand women from 130 countries have already been convinced; when will your readers be next?
Clara Costa, www.nightswapping.com.
You say only that you aren't talking about "wife-exchange." If you mean husband swapping, you should know we don't all get bank holidays off.
Tim Chitwood, tchitwood @ledger-enquirer.com, 706-571-8508.